THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN

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Release Date: July 11, 2003

Starring: Sean Connery, Peta Wilson,
Shane West, Naseeruddin Shah,
Tony Curran, Stuart Townsend,
and Jason Flemyng

Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy

Audience: Older children and
adults REVIEWER: Dr. Tom
Snyder THE LEAGUE OF
EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN is
another movie based on a
graphic novel, a type of comic
book. Though it tries hard to
capture the thrills of comic
book movies like SPIDER-MAN
and the X-MEN movies, it fails
to generate their emotional,
dramatic power and
richness. Set in 1899, THE
LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY
GENTLEMEN opens well enough.
After some action set pieces,
Sean Connery’s character,
Allan Quaterman of KING
SOLOMON’S MINES, is asked to
help England stop a madman
trying to start a world war.
Drafted by a mysterious figure
who calls himself simply
“M,” Quatermain joins
forces with six superheroes:
Mina Harker of Bram Stoker’s
DRACULA, who has herself
become a vampire; an invisible
thief who stole the
invisibility serum from H. G.
Wells’ original INVISIBLE
MAN; the immortal Dorian Gray
from Oscar Wilde’s short
story; American secret agent
Tom Sawyer; Captain Nemo of
Jules Verne’s science
fiction novels; and, last but
not least, Dr. Jeckyl and Mr.
Hyde, who transforms himself
into a super-sized,
animalistic brute much like
THE HULK whenever he drinks
his own secret potion. The
story leads this “League of
Extraordinary Gentlemen,”
and Woman, from Paris to
Venice to a secret fortress in
the frozen wastes of Mongolia,
where the madman is building a
large mechanized army to take
over the world. There seems to
be a traitor within The
League, however. Can they
remain united long enough to
foil the villain’s
plans? Unlike the second X-MEN
movie and SPIDER-MAN, THE
LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY
GENTLEMEN doesn’t stop long
enough to delineate more than
a couple of its superhero
characters. It also fails to
give moviegoers a compelling
villain to match wits on an
equal footing with the amazing
Sean Connery, who still has
what it takes to play a
bigger-than-life hero full of
grace, dignity, and grit.
Thus, despite its highly
original story, and a surprise
twist about the villain at the
end, THE LEAGUE OF
EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN
probably will disappoint fans
of the comic book genre and
fans of the original graphic
novel. THE LEAGUE also
contains a mixed worldview.
Although there are some
positive moral and
redemptive/Christian elements
due to its setting, there are
references to Hinduism and
witchdoctors among the heroes.
One of the main focuses of the
movie, however (besides
stopping the evil villain’s
plans), is the fatherly bond
that grows between Quatermain
and Tom Sawyer, who reminds
Quaterman of his own dead son.
In addition to the
objectionable worldview
elements, THE LEAGUE also has
some light foul language and
very strong action violence,
including a couple scary
scenes where Mina the vampire
feasts on the villain’s
henchmen and where Dr. Jeckyl
transforms into the humongous
Mr. Hyde and back
again. Please address your
comments to: Peter Chernin,
Chairman & CEO The Fox
Group Tom Rothman & Jim
Gianopulos, Chairmen Fox
Filmed Entertainment 20th
Century Fox Film Corp. A
division of Fox, Inc. & News
Corp. 10201 West Pico
Blvd. Los Angeles, CA
90035 Phone: (310)
369-1000 Website: www.fox.com

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 110 minutes

Distributor: 20th Century Fox

Director: Stephen Norrington

Executive Producer:

Producer: Don Murphy EXECUTIVE
PRODUCERS: Trevor Albert and
Mark Gordon

Writer: James Dale Robinson BASED ON
THE GRAPHIC NOVEL BY: Alan
Moore and Kevin O’Neill

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Content:

(Pa, B, C, O, P, H, LL, VVV, S, N, A) Mixed pagan worldview with moral, redemptive, Christian, and occult elements, including positive references to God, Hindu character worships Kali the goddess of death, and references to witchdoctors, as well as some patriotic elements, and one selfish character expresses humanist sentiments; about 11 light obscenities and five light profanities, including use of British curse “bloody”; some very strong action violence, including lots of automatic gunfire, point blank shootings, explosions, lots of fist fighting, some martial arts fighting, vampire hero feasts on a couple victims and licks blood, man stabs vampire, chest wounds of immortal man disappear after he’s shot point blank, large Hulk-like creatures toss normal men around like toys, large Hulk-like creatures fight, several impalings, tanks crash through walls and fire cannons, buildings fall like dominoes, flame-thrower used against people, burning body, images of burnt flesh, and water floods ship; references to past sexual rendezvous; upper male nudity; alcohol use; brief smoking; and, light miscellaneous immoral elements, such as one hero is also a thief by vocation.

GENRE: Science Fiction/Fantasy

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Summary:

THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN stars Sean Connery as adventurer Allan Quatermain, who teams up with six superheroes to stop a madman from controlling the world. Despite some positive moral and redemptive elements, THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN may disappoint action fans and contains some paganism, light foul language and very strong action violence.

Review:

THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN is another movie based on a graphic novel, a type of comic book. Though it tries hard to capture the thrills of comic book movies like SPIDER-MAN and the X-MEN movies, it fails to generate their emotional, dramatic power and richness.

Set in 1899, THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN opens well enough. After some action set pieces, Sean Connery’s character, Allan Quaterman of KING SOLOMON’S MINES, is asked to help England stop a madman trying to start a world war. Drafted by a mysterious figure who calls himself simply “M,” Quatermain joins forces with six superheroes: Mina Harker of Bram Stoker’s DRACULA, who has herself become a vampire; an invisible thief who stole the invisibility serum from H. G. Wells’ original INVISIBLE MAN; the immortal Dorian Gray from Oscar Wilde’s short story; American secret agent Tom Sawyer; Captain Nemo of Jules Verne’s science fiction novels; and, last but not least, Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde, who transforms himself into a super-sized, animalistic brute much like THE HULK whenever he drinks his own secret potion.

The story leads this “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,” and Woman, from Paris to Venice to a secret fortress in the frozen wastes of Mongolia, where the madman is building a large mechanized army to take over the world. There seems to be a traitor within The League, however. Can they remain united long enough to foil the villain’s plans?

Unlike the second X-MEN movie and SPIDER-MAN, THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN doesn’t stop long enough to delineate more than a couple of its superhero characters. It also fails to give moviegoers a compelling villain to match wits on an equal footing with the amazing Sean Connery, who still has what it takes to play a bigger-than-life hero full of grace, dignity, and grit. Thus, despite its highly original story, and a surprise twist about the villain at the end, THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN probably will disappoint fans of the comic book genre and fans of the original graphic novel.

THE LEAGUE also contains a mixed worldview. Although there are some positive moral and redemptive/Christian elements due to its setting, there are references to Hinduism and witchdoctors among the heroes. One of the main focuses of the movie, however (besides stopping the evil villain’s plans), is the fatherly bond that grows between Quatermain and Tom Sawyer, who reminds Quaterman of his own dead son. In addition to the objectionable worldview elements, THE LEAGUE also has some light foul language and very strong action violence, including a couple scary scenes where Mina the vampire feasts on the villain’s henchmen and where Dr. Jeckyl transforms into the humongous Mr. Hyde and back again.

Please address your comments to:

Peter Chernin, Chairman & CEO

The Fox Group

Tom Rothman & Jim Gianopulos, Chairmen

Fox Filmed Entertainment

20th Century Fox Film Corp.

A division of Fox, Inc. & News Corp.

10201 West Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90035

Phone: (310) 369-1000

Website: www.fox.com

SUMMARY: THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN stars Sean Connery as adventurer Allan Quatermain, who teams up with six superheroes to stop a madman from controlling the world. Despite some positive moral and redemptive elements, THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN may disappoint action fans and contains some paganism, light foul language and very strong action violence.

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